There were four games on the schedule lastnight and two teams have punched their tickets into the next round. You know which teams those are? Well if you don’t that you should be glad that I am here to help you out. One thing I can tell you though, as a little spoiler, all home teams took care of business.
After the jump you will have my recaps of the games that went down in the NBA Playoffs lasnight.
What are you waiting for?
San Antonio Spurs 81, Dallas Mavericks 103 | San Antonio Leads Series 3-2Caron Butler and the Dallas Mavericks got off to the start they needed. Butler put his mark on this game early on in the first half as he would score 21. In the second half he and the Mavericks picked up where they left off. Starting with a 10-0 run the Mavericks saw themselves with a comfortable lead over the Spurs. Butler would finish with a game high 35 points. Nowitzki with 15. San Antonio had 18 turnovers and Dallas would make them pay for that running when they could. Spurs were led by Tony Parker who finished with 18. George Hill whom was coming off of a 29 point performance in game four finished with just 12 points. Duncan had 11 and Ginobili 7. Richard Jefferson with 4. The series returns back to San Antonio for game six on Thursday, April 29th and is scheduled to tip at 8:00 PM est.
Oklahoma City Thunder 87, Los Angeles Lakers 111 | LA Leads Series 3-2In the last game of the evening and it pretty much summed of the evening. All the home teams won their games back in their own stomping grounds. The Thunder never had a chance in this game. They were outscored 31 to 16 in the first quarter and never gave a threat to the Lakers. Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined to score 46 points (Gasol with 25, Bynum 21). Ron Artest added 14 and Kobe Bryant finished with 13. Yes, 13. Well when you have your two seven-footers scoring almost half of your points you really don’t need scoring from your best player. Kevin Durant finished with 17 to lead the Thunder as teammate Russell Westbrook added 15. The series shifts back to OKC where the Thunder will look to send this to a game seven. If they play like they did the last two games in Oklahamo, looks like this will return to LA for a game seven. I bet Los Angeles felt this series would of been over a long, long time ago. Ain’t that right LA!?